Letters to the Editor for Nov. 6

Cell tower in Dee?

If these residents do not want the proposed cell tower in their neighborhood, then I would welcome them to put that tower in the Dee area where I live.

The cell reception is not that great up here; though I do get a cell signal one bar at best.

It would be a great asset if they did.

Ron Dunn

Hood River

Get facts straight

Mr. Forrest Rae wrote in his letter to the editor dated Oct. 30, saying that Bob Francis “erred” in giving Hood River Juice an interest-free line of credit on $419,435.50. I would like to shed some light on a little something that Mr. Rae and many others are unaware of.

Prior to Bob Francis providing Hood River water treatment resources to Hood River Juice Co., the company was trucking its waste water out of the county for disposal, which means that money was leaving the community. So where it appears to many that Mr. Francis was providing a “good ol’ boy” favor, in fact he stopped the departure of over half a million dollars of resources from leaving the county.

Without Mr. Francis’ intervention, Hood River County would not even have a debt to collect, because it would have gone elsewhere.

Furthermore, Mr. Rae goes on to slander Hood River Juice Co., by attacking something he knows nothing about: “My guess is because that business has horrible credit, and no lender would be that risky.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Rae did not have the privilege of reading the article by Ben Mitchell in the Wednesday, Oct. 30, edition of the HR News. Because, Mr. Mitchell points out that Mr. Ryan recently paid $169,000.00 of the debt using his credit card.

Well, apparently Mr. Rae, they would be that risky.

So, Mr. Rae, before you go slandering the good name of Bob Francis (our former city manager) and the good name of a successful local business such as Hood River Juice Co., please have all your facts together.

Kimberly Perez

Hood River

Fix schism

At Columbia Gorge Community College the faculty’s professionalism and dedication were a pivotal influence in the college’s success in gaining independent accreditation. So as someone who knows and respects individuals on both sides of the issues at the school, I was surprised and disappointed to read the “no confidence” article in the Hood River News.

The college seems in a disarray — one which needs to be resolved quickly. Clearly Dr. Toda failed to communicate to the faculty his reasons not to invite applicants nationwide to apply for the vacant chief academic officer post, but rather to join two jobs that are not mutually compatible and have his internal appointee responsible for both.

This action seems to trivialize the academic side of the institution. The president’s choice may be the best person for the job, but this needs to be demonstrated in open competition.

It was also disconcerting to hear of the board of director’s response to the faculty’s well-articulated concerns before they became public. After faculty representatives presented their case, the board responded with almost glacial silence: Not a single member asked a question. Their reaction is best reflected by an item in the minutes: “no action taken.” The directors apparently view their faculty as a bunch of unruly children who should be studiously ignored.

The result is the area has an important public institution where its leaders do not respect a key constituency — the teachers — and the latter voice their frustration in a vote of no confidence.

This schism needs to be addressed. The directors should present a credible, reasoned response to the faculty. This would help bridge the existing divide and be a step to reassure residents of the Columbia Gorge that the school is meeting its charter and functioning efficiently.

David W. Wild

Hood River

‘Survivors of suicide’ day

As another year draws to a close, and we prepare for colder days, longer nights and the holidays to come, you never know how many more years you may have with loved ones.

Losing a friend, family member or co-worker suddenly, unexpectedly dramatically alters your world. When the death is by suicide, survivors of such a loss too often find themselves haunted by silence and stigma for months and years to come.

For many of us survivors, time passes, yet it doesn’t get better; it just becomes different. And we each face the ongoing grief in our own ways.

In this past weekend’s Parade Magazine (in The Oregonian, Sunday, Nov. 3) was a personal essay, “Lessons of Loss,” by Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian, reflecting on what she learned from her mother’s suicide. It refers to the upcoming International Survivors of Suicide Day, held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

You will have the opportunity to view this year’s program produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org) locally on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s boardroom.

Thousands of survivors of suicide loss will gather together around the world on this day for mutual support and practical guidance on coping with grief. Come and share your story or just come and observe the featured 2013 broadcast program.

For more information contact Belinda Ballah at the Hood River County Commission on Children and Families, 541-387-6890.

Susan Gabay


New, but not improved

The new format for your classifieds leaves so much to be desired. Your old format was easy to access and find quickly what you are seeking.

I do not need anything from Lewiston, Idaho. Go back to the old format so we can find things in the Gorge.

Richard Shurtleff

Goldendale, Wash.

Bag those plastic bags

Standing in line at the grocery store I keep hearing “paper or plastic.” Quite a few shoppers opt for paper and then there are those who brought their own reusable bags. Great!

But too many plastic bags still make it out the door. They are an oil product, expensive to produce and nearly impossible to dispose of. Only a small percentage of plastic bags are recycled. Most end up in a landfill, as an eyesore on roadsides or killing animals in the ocean.

Isn’t it time we stopped handing out plastic bags? The grocery store I favor gives a 5-cent credit for each bag I bring in to be used for my purchase. It should charge 5 cents for the paper sacks and take the plastic ones out of circulation.

Isn’t it time Hood River followed Eugene and Corvallis?

Maria Kollas

Hood River

A cherry fable

The evolution of presidents:

A citizen was walking down a country road and spotted a young George Washington sitting on a tree stump, holding an axe by a fallen cherry tree. The citizen asked if the young man had chopped down that cherry tree and the young George responded “Sir, I cannot tell a lie, I did chop down that cherry tree.”

Time passed and generations later another citizen was walking down another country road and he came upon a young Barack Obama sitting on a tree stump, holding an axe by a fallen cherry tree. The citizen asked if the young man had chopped down that cherry tree and the young Barack responded, “Sir, I cannot tell a lie; George Bush chopped down that cherry tree.”

Isaac Kinsey


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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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